New route into becoming a Police Officer

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Date: 28 May 2019 For immediate release
Trainee police officers will study for a police apprenticeship degree during their training with Wiltshire Police from June 2020, giving student officers the opportunity to obtain a degree and earn while you learn.   The new degree is one of three new entry routes into policing as part of changes to police recruitment nationally.
Wiltshire Police has signed a contract with the University of South Wales to deliver specialist education for police officer training, including a three year Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, leading to a BSc (Hons) in Professional Policing Practice. The College of Policing is introducing a new standardised qualifications framework for all 43 police forces in England and Wales to enable the police service to become a graduate profession.
Wiltshire is one of five police forces in the South West and Wales to partner with the University of South Wales to deliver the new training programme.  There are three entry routes: 
  • A three-year Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship
  • A two-year postgraduate Degree Holder Entry Programme
  • A pre-join undergraduate Professional Policing Degree; a traditional university course completed before applying to join the police service.   
The first 20 trainees under the new scheme have already been recruited and start training in June 2020 at Police HQ, Devizes. The course will be a blend of on and off the job learning, coupled with academic study.  The next police officer recruitment campaign is likely to open in the autumn for training courses from 2020 onwards.
“We are delighted to be forming a strong regional alliance with neighbouring police forces to train our new police apprentices and graduate student police officers and look forward to working with the University of South Wales on this ambitious new training partnership,” said Chief Constable Kier Pritchard.
“Recognising the skill level and knowledge police officers need to do this demanding job through a professional degree qualification with a university with a strong track record of delivering police education will benefit our student officers, us as a police force and the communities we serve.”
The new framework sets professional qualification levels for the police service as a whole by rank or level of responsibility.   As well as major changes to police officer recruitment, professional training for many police staff roles, PCSOs and Special Constables will be changing over time.   Serving police officers are not required to obtain a degree as they are already working at this level, dealing with challenging situations and complex issues on a daily basis.
The University of South Wales (USW) became the first in the UK to have its graduate police constable training validated through a collaboration with Dyfed-Powys Police.  Gloucestershire Constabulary, Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police are also teaming up with the university who will train around 20 per cent of police forces by geographical size across the UK. The university expects to see 400 students starting the training programmes each year.
Peter Vaughan, Director of Strategic Projects: Policing and Security at USW said, “I am proud to say that USW is currently the only university to have partnered with multiple forces to deliver these landmarks qualifications across England and Wales.
“This provision establishes USW as one of the largest and leading apprenticeship providers in the country, placing the University within the top quartile of Higher Education Institutions.”
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